Teen killed for stepping on grass, shooter admits on 911

March 24th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

An alleged trespassing dispute led to the death of a Union Township boy Sunday when he was reportedly shot by a neighbor. Larry Mugrage, 15, was killed after being shot by 66-year-old Charles Martin after Martin said that the boy stepped into his suburban Union Township yard.

According to the Union Township Police Department, officers were dispatched at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday to investigate a call about shots being fired.

Upon arrival, Mugrage was found wounded and was transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The 911 call leading to the police dispatch was made by Martin, who admitted in the call that he had shot the boy. In the course of the call, Martin claimed to have shot his next door neighbor twice with a .410 shotgun.

Martin was arrested and remains in jail after a bond hearing went against him on Monday. Clermont County Municipal Court Judge James Shriver ordered him held without bond.

During the course of the hearing, the prosecution referred to the act as premeditated, cruel and cowardly. The charge against Martin is murder. If convicted, he will face 18 years to life in prison.

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